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Applications for the 4th intake of the CKN Clinical Champions program are now open

Most Queensland Health clinicians use CKN, but even the most frequent users will sometimes need help understanding CKN’s potential - we know that many people are barely scratching the surface.

The CKN Clinical Champions Program is helping building awareness and capacity among clinical staff to make the best use of the information resources available to them. This is your chance to get involved.


Time-based CME logging now available on ClinicalKey and ClinicalKey for Nursing

ClinicalKey and ClinicalKey for Nursing now offer users the ability to log time spent for self-directed, structured, online learning. This can be used toward the acquisition of time-based CME credits from various professional associations throughout Australia.


New Point of Care Resource: Option Grid™ Decision Aids

Option Grid™ decision aids, published by EBSCO Health, are interactive, flexible and easy-to-read tools to help patients and clinicians compare treatment options based on the best available evidence.

The decision aids focus on the questions patients most frequently ask, helping to make preference-sensitive decisions and increasing patient knowledge. The decision aids help patients share what matters most to them, enhancing communication and empowering shared decision making. Option Grid decision aids have been co-developed with patients to ensure the patient voice is heard.


New eBook added to CKN: Advanced Paediatric Life Support : a practical approach to emergencies, 2016 6th Edition

Advanced Paediatric Life Support is the internationally renowned manual on emergency paediatric care, written to support the course run by the Advanced Life Support Group. Using their structured approach, a tried and tested practical method of treating children during the crucial first few hours of a life threatening illness or injury, Advanced Paediatric Life Support is used by doctors, nurses and allied health professionals dealing with emergencies in children. Its clear layout and straightforward style make it a highly practical tool both for training and in the event of an emergency.

The sixth edition includes major new features, including:


New Resource: Nursing Reference Centre Plus

CKN has added a new resource specifically for nurses - Nursing Reference Center Plus. This is a comprehensive reference tool designed to provide relevant, evidence-based clinical resources to nurses, directly at the point-of-care. It offers the best available and most recent clinical information from thousands of full-text documents.


Paediatric Injectable Guidelines are now available on CKN

Clinicians treating paediatric patients now have access to authoritative injectable drugs guidelines. The Paediatric Injectable Guidelines (PIG) is a decision support tool compiled by pharmacists at The Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne to assist in the safe and effective administration of injectable medicines in children. The guidelines have been developed to provide concise and consistent, practical information for clinicians on medicines administration.


What’s new in Therapeutic Guidelines: Cardiovascular version 7?

The March 2018 release of eTG complete includes a comprehensive update of the Cardiovascular guidelines. They emphasise individualised, patient-centred therapy to optimise the treatment and prevention of common cardiovascular conditions. 


Find clinical guidelines when searching CKN

When running a search on CKN you will now be offered links to relevant clinical guidelines.

Clinical guidelines are sets of non-mandatory rules, principles or recommendations for procedures or practices in a particular field. Guidelines provide evidence-based information to help health professionals achieve best practice, assist in the clinical decision making process, and include recommendations to help optimise patient care. They are developed by panels of multidisciplinary experts, informed by a systematic review of evidence, and an assessment of the benefits and harms of alternative care options.


Decommissioning the Medication Dosing Calculators (for adults)

Medication Services Queensland issued a Patient Safety Communique on January 5th announcing that the Medication Dosing Calculators (for adults) will be decommissioned, and replaced by calculators provided through a number of resources on CKN.

The calculators were originally released by Medication Services Queensland in February 2010 to provide decision support for clinicians in performing calculations for:


Clinical Guideline Added - Recommendations for Clinical Care Guidelines on the Management of Otitis Media in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Populations

Recommendations for Clinical Care Guidelines on the Management of Otitis Media in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Populations has been added to the Guidelines list on CKN. This is the current version of the Guidelines, last updated on the 1st April 2010.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health staff working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families are likely to have the greatest impact on severe otitis media (OM). Otitis media refers to inflammation and infection of the middle ear space. It is a complex condition associated with both illness and hearing loss.